At the end of a 'superb' year, Open Gardens founder looks forward to a bright 2017

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts founder Mick Moat with six-year-old cancer survivor Orane
Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts founder Mick Moat meets six-year-old cancer survivor Orane

Mick Moat hopes to attract 100 gardens to the charitable scheme by the end of next year

HANDING over a cheque for €12,000 to a children’s cancer charity has capped a ‘superb year’ for the Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts scheme, founder Mick Moat said.

Three years after the organisation was founded, with four gardens in the Creuse, there are now 120 gardens in the association in 26 departments, and a further 20 have already pre-registered for 2017 and several others showing interest.

Visitors paid €5 for a one-off visit or €10 for a membership card and sometimes bought plants or refreshments with proceeds going to charity.

The association raised a record €23,000 – with the bulk of the money, €12,000, going to A Chacun son Everest which runs courses in the Alps to help children and women who ...

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